Manicured Hand (strong language)

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Every now and then you write a song you wish you hadn’t been able to write, but once it pokes its nose out of the box it’s impossible to get the lid down again. This is about the abuse of power against those most vulnerable. The title came from a novel about corporate corruption. I used the same idea, a manicured hand can still be dirty, but in a much more sinister context.


A boy sits alone at the end of the pew
Knowing what’s coming but no clue what to do
He knows it’s dirty, he knows it’s wrong
But there’s no end in sight, it’s been going on so long
Who can he turn to, he can he tell?
When the father in black says he’s going to hell

They sit up high in their ivory towers
Their sick twisted minds abusing their power
Who would have thought that these saints could have sinned?
But the manicured hand can be dirty

She lies awake in a hospital bed
Scared of his visits and where they have led
Doctors and parents fall at his feet
But his wandering hands are not such a treat
Who can she turn to, who can she tell?
When she’s told that his touch will help her get well


He’s up on stage in front of the crowd
Screaming and crying, he’s bursting he’s proud
After the show he’ll get one backstage
The younger the better just as long as she’s underage
Who can she turn to who’ll lift the lid?
He’s a king, he’s a god, she’s just a fucking kid

But the manicured hand can be dirty
But the manicured hand can be dirty


from Looking At The Tracks, released June 30, 2017
Gary Anderson – Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Rhona Macfarlane – Violin
Karen Harper – Viola, Cello



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Kinnaber Junction Montrose, UK

Kinnaber Junction is the musical vehicle for Montrose singer/songwriter Gary Anderson. With over 30 years of gigging behind him Gary has gained a wealth of experience covering a wide range of instruments and genres . Looking at the tracks pulls all this experience together ... more

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